Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center is a busy inner-city, American College of Surgeons Verified Trauma Center. Our Emergency Department handles almost 100,000 visits per year, of which an average of 20,000 are trauma related.
Our Trauma Service is a division of the Department of Surgery. The Trauma Service is responsible for the supervision of all trauma patients evaluated and admitted to the institution. The Trauma Services is staffed by Board-Certified surgeons, Residents and a team of highly skilled nurses and Physician Assistants. Two Trauma/Critical Care specialists are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. All levels of subspecialty care are available with immediate access to operating rooms, Critical Care Unit, diagnostic testing and supportive services.
The Trauma Service also provides patient education and community outreach at various events during the year such as, Stop The Bleed. Safe Kids, Fall Prevention and numerous other programs aimed at keeping our community safe from injury.
The Trauma Service also provides education to Health Professionals through courses such as the Advanced Trauma Life Support Course and the Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness Course.
Trauma Medical Director
Patricia O'Neill, MD
Dr. Patricia O’Neill, R.N., M.D., F.A.C.S. is the Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and the Medical Director of the Trauma Program at the Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center.
Dr. O’Neill obtained her undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and a Medical Degree from the State University of New York-Downstate Medical Center where she graduated summa cum laude in 1986. After graduating medical school, Dr. O’Neill remained at SUNY-Downstate/Kings County Hospital for her surgical residency and subsequently completed a surgical critical care fellowship at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine.
Dr. O’Neill is currently the State Chair for the Greater New York Committee on Trauma for the American College of Surgery and has also been appointed as the Vice Chair of the State Trauma Advisory Committee of New York State which serves as an advisory committee on trauma related issues to the New York State Commissioner of Health. Dr. O’Neill has served as principal and co-investigator for several clinical research trials investigating peri-operative infection in surgery and trauma, prevention of sepsis and organ failure, and hemostasis in massive hemorrhage.
She has several publications in peer reviewed journals and has been invited to speak on these topics at both local and national symposia.
Alok Aggarwal, MD
HepatoBilliary, Trauma/Acute Care
Dr. Aggarwal earned his medical degree in India and graduated with a Master of Surgery (MS) at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in Belgaum, India. He went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where he began his surgical career as a General and Trauma Surgeon.
Dr. Aggarwal also completed a fellowship with the Mount Sinai Recanati miller Transplantation Institute in abdominal transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery. Applying the latest surgical techniques, Dr. Aggarwal offers minimally invasive laparoscopic liver and pancreatic resections for shortened hospital stays, optimal surgical outcomes, and improved quality of life for our patients. Dr. Aggarwal takes an integrated multidisciplinary approach to care, working together with interventional radiology, oncology, gastroenterology, and other specialites, to provide the most effective treatment plans for the specific needs of each patient.
Dr. Aggarwal has conducted research focused on prevention, recurrence reduction, improving survival rates and quality of life for patients with hypovascular HCC and cholangiocarcinoma of the liver and bile ducts. A member of the New York Surgical Society and the American Society of Transplant Surgery, Dr. Aggarwal is Board Certified int he US and India in surgery. He is also certified in abdominal organ transplant and hepatobiliary surgery.
Hadley Cadot, MD
General Surgery / Trauma Dr. Cadot completed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. He is the Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center at Brookdale, as well as an Attending in General Surgery and Trauma.
He holds an academic appointment at Ross University. Dr. Cadot is our most recent fellow admitted to the American College of Surgery.
Robert Davis, MD
Dr. Davis is a graduate of the Howard University College of Medicine. He completed his general surgical residency at State University Hospital New York Downstate Medical Center followed by a Transplant Fellowship there. After his fellowship he took a position at the Methodist Hospital as associate director of the surgical intensive care unit. He then went to The Brooklyn Hospital Center where he was director of the surgical intensive care unit. During this time he was also in attending trauma surgeon at Kings County Hospital.
Following his departure from the Brooklyn Hospital and Kings County Hospital he went to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx where he served as the trauma medical director and director of surgical critical care. He was also the Residency Program Director and the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Director at St. Barnabas Hospital. He was then recruited by the NYU Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn to become their Trauma Medical Director. and Director. of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. He is presently at the Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Davis is a fellow of the American College of surgeons and is a member of numerous surgical societies and has served as Vice Chair of the Greater New York Committee on Trauma.
Don Kohan, MD
Dr. Kohan is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He began his college education at the age of 15, first completing a Juris Doctor degree and soon after, received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of California at Irvine.
Dr. Kohan has extensive experience as a Trauma and Critical Care Surgeon at Level I and Level II hospitals and trained at one of the nation's busiest trauma centers, Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, he is fluent in Italian, Persian, French and Spanish.
Ryan Lindborg, MD
General Surgery / Trauma
TRAUMA/ACUTE CARE SURGERY
Dr. Lindborg completed his surgical internship and residency in general surgery at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, formerly New York Methodist Hospital in July 2017. He did his undergraduate medical education at Indiana University School of Medicine. During his residency, he was involved in a large amount of trauma research through a prospective resident database.
He enjoys working with residents and teaching them. Having just completed his residency, he realizes the need many interns and residents feel for a supportive, yet demanding environment to push them to achieve their maximum potential. He hopes to add to this quality at Brookdale.
Ruben Toribio, MD
General Surgery / Trauma
TRAUMA/ACUTE CARE SURGERY
Dr. Toribio completed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. He is an attending in General Surgery and Trauma at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.
He has vast experience in all general surgical procedures, especially in GI pathology.
Esan Adebayo, MD
Dr Adebayo Esan is a Critical Care Attending in the Surgical ICU of the Brookdale University Medical Center (BUMC). He graduated from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1998 and subsequently worked as a medical officer for two years at the National Hospital Abuja before leaving Nigeria in 2001 to pursue his medical career in the United States.
He completed an Internal Medicine Residency Program in 2007 and later a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship in 2011, both at the New York Methodist Hospital (NYMH), Brooklyn (now known as New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital). During his fellowship, he authored/co-authored several articles on mechanical ventilation and acute hypoxemic respiratory failure that have been published in peer-reviewed journals.
Following his fellowship program, he joined the faculty of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division of the NYMH as the Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Center and the Associate Director of the Medical ICU, and remained in that position from 2011 to 2014. He then travelled the country working in various ICUs till December 2018 when he joined the faculty of the Department of Medicine at BUMC.